My uncle Bobby used to play for Manchester City in the late 60s. He scored a couple of goals on his dream début in the 6-1 demolition of West Bromwich Albion in the Charity Shield but then found limited success with the club before moving on. When he signed from Bury it was a dream come true because his hero was Colin Bell, who’d also made the move to Maine Road from The Shakers. However, uncle Bobby was no ‘Nijinsky’ but at least he has his Charity Shield to show to his proud family.
I occasionally come back to watch the Blues, but not as often as I’d like to due to my work taking me all over the world.
I’ve noticed appeals for City fans in far flung places to get together to watch City on TV. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be in the following places and would love to meet up with fellow Blues to watch the game.
So, as the time honoured saying goes, if any fellow Blues know of a pub where I can watch the following games, there’s a chilled Bacardi Breezer in it for you.
For Chelsea, I’m going to be in Maribor; Bolton I’ll be in Midrand, South Africa; for the Middlesbrough, Spurs and Mackem games I’ll be trying to find a bar in Trincomalee in Sri Lanka – yes idyllic I know but not if they don’t have ESPN. West Ham and Liverpool I should be in Goa, so maybe that shouldn’t be too difficult. Then I’ll be at the Southampton game with my family to shed a few tears at the closure of Maine Road. It was difficult to get the eight tickets we wanted. We only got six. So if anyone has a couple of spares… only joking!
Good luck for the rest of the season you magnificent Blue boys and let’s look forward to playing Nevezis Kedainiai in the UEFA Cup next season. I’ll be in Kedainiai in September you see!
Keep the Blue flag flying high.
First printed in: MCIVTA Newsletter #898 on